Mission Statement: Exalt our Savior and draw the Sinner Exemplify our Faith through Sacrifice Equip the Saints to Serve
The Upper Zion Baptist Church was organized on April 15, 1868 with seven members and two ministers, Minister Manuel Griffin and Minister Tweed of Saint John Baptist Church. Minister L. Smith was called as the first Pastor of our church. He served 14 years. Brother J. Richardson was ordained as the first Deacon. Under the leadership of Pastor Smith, many members were added to the church. Minister F. Miller, the second Pastor, served one year and six months. The former Pastor L. Smith was called for the second time and worked faithfully until the Lord called him home. The Upper Zion Baptist Church family continued under the leadership of the late M. G. Green, who served approximately 28 years. Since the Pastorate of Rev. Green, our church family has been blessed with several other pastors: Pastor Cook Pastor Sam Price, Pastor D. H. King Pastor C. F. Williams, Pastor Herman Farr Pastor Duane Douglas Pastor Kirby D. White Pastor Darryl Clark Sr.
Our Current Pastor is Michael D. Tyler. Pastor Tyler was called and confirmed as the Pastor of the Upper Zion Baptist Church on June 23, 2013. Pastor Tyler comes to us from the Avenue Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he served as the Minister of Youth and Children under the leadership of Pastor Clarence L. Hicks, Sr. He is a life-long member of Avenue Baptist Church and was baptized at by the late Dr. Lawrence Daniel Scott. While at Avenue, he and his wife also served as Youth Directors. He was also responsible for youth and children's Bible Study, was a Sunday School teacher, taught Vacation Bible School, assisted with the Young Adult Ministry, he was over the Media Ministry and he served as the web-site administrator.
Since the arrival of Pastor Tyler, the church has seen increases in membership as well as weekly attendance in Morning Worship, Sunday School and Bible Study. Pastor Tyler led the effort for the membership to adopt a Benevolence Policy and the church is in better position financially. Under his leadership, new ministries have been added including, Trustee, Christian Education and New Members Orientation. The Membership is also in the process of applying for Federal Grants that will expand our Food Service Program and in the future, secure funds for after school tutoring and a Summer Enrichment and Feeding Program.
Pastor Tyler is an honor graduate of the United Baptist Theological Seminary and Bible College, where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Theology. While at UBTS, he served as Student Body President. He also earned his Master's Degree in Psychology and Christian Counseling from Louisiana Baptist University. The Upper Zion Baptist Church family will continue to be led by God’s Holy Spirit as we seek to Reach the Lost with Love, Teach in Truth, and Guide the People of God to Live in Hope.